OWI and Commercial Drivers
Providing Defense of OWI for Commercial Drivers in Wisconsin
Protecting your livelihood
As a commercial driver you need to protect your CDL and your employment to provide for your family. If you have been arrested for operating under the influence either on your Class D license or on your CDL, call Michael Hayes immediately to discuss the implications and to develop an effective legal strategy.
Commercial driver charged with OWI during Class D operation
If you are charged with first offense operating under the influence arising from the non-commercial use of a motor vehicle, you need to take immediate action to prevent an administrative suspension from going into effect 30 days after the date on the Notice of Intent to Suspend. Similarly, if you are charged with refusing to submit to a chemical test, immediate action is required. In both instances a request for a hearing must be filed within 10 days.
If there is an administrative suspension, an OWI conviction or a refusal revocation, there is a one-year disqualification from CDL operation. No occupational license is available for CDL operation. Furthermore, if your Class D operating privilege is suspended or revoked as a result of an administrative suspension, an OWI conviction or a refusal conviction, it is unlikely that you will be able to obtain employment as a commercial driver for many years. This is because the insurance carrier for your current or prospective employer will refuse to offer insurance coverage for your operation of a vehicle or will quote a premium at too high a cost.
If you incur a second conviction for OWI with a violation date after Sept. 30, 2005, you will have a lifetime disqualification for a CDL. Milwaukee lawyers who are experienced in CDL OWI cases can be a valuable asset. Your potential penalties include fines, suspensions, ignition interlock devices, drug treatment and incarceration.
Call an OWI lawyer in Milwaukee knowledgeable about CDL impact today for a free consultation
A conviction results in lifetime disqualification for a commercial driver charged with OWI during CDL operation. Michael Hayes Law offers a free initial consultation to discuss your case and get you prepared to fight the accusations against you. You can call us at 414.405.5678 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.